Pair trapped in lift each get €7,500

Two young children who were trapped in a lift at a Lidl store for half an hour have been awarded €7,500 each in the Circuit Civil Court.

Barrister David Richardson told the court that six-year-old Dawson Wilson was with his mother Gwendolyn and his cousin, Luke Wilson, aged 12, in the elevator on Jun 25, 2011, when it became stuck.

He said the incident happened in Lidl’s store on Cork St, Dublin, and that both children suffered psychological injuries and retained a fear of lifts because of their experience.

Gwendolyn Wilson, mother of Dawson, and her brother Wesley, father of Luke, both of Clarence Mangan Rd, South Circular Rd, Dublin, were in court yesterday to hear Judge Matthew Deery approve settlement offers of €7,500 for each child.

Mr Richardson said Ms Wilson and the children were trapped in the elevator, which had broken down, for half an hour before she managed to prise open the doors.

He said both children had attended their GP, Dr Barbara Smyth, of Crumlin Rd, Dublin. They suffered sleeplessness and anxiety following the incident.

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